The 96th playing of the George A. Crump Memorial Tournament, better known as the Crump Cup, is set to tee off this Thursday at Pine Valley Golf Club
The tournament has long been considered the premier mid-amateur and senior golf event on the amateur golf calendar, and some consider it to be the best experience in amateur golf. To find out why, follow the link below.
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AmateurGolf.com will have daily coverage of the 96th Crump Cup, beginning Thursday, September 16.
36 holes of stroke play qualifying determine match play brackets of 16 for the mid-amateurs, and 8 for the seniors. Only those in the Championship bracket are eligible for the overall title.
Thu Sep 16
Round 1 of stroke play qualifying
Fri Sep 17
Round 2 of stroke play qualifying
Field flighted according to 36-hole score, with the low 16 in the Championship Flight and low 8 in the Senior Championship
Playoff if necessary for the final spot(s) in the Championship bracket
Sat Sep 18
Match Play Round of 16 (A.M.)
Match Play Quarterfinals (P.M.)
Sun Sep 19
Match Play Semifinals (A.M.)
Match Play Final (P.M.)*
Crump Cup Sunday is the one day of the year that the public is invited to Pine Valley, to walk the course and watch the final matches. This year, due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, spectators will be invitation-only, limited to one per player or Pine Valley member.
Jay Sigel has won the most Crump Cup titles, winning nine times between 1975 and 1993. Longtime Pine Valley Golf Club President O. Gordon Brewer, Jr.
won the tournament five times from 1973 to 1989. More recently, Mike McCoy
won four times in a seven-year span from 2004 to 2010.
Past champions include giants of the amateur game, going all the way back to Francis Ouimet and Chick Evans, who each won the event in its first five years of existence.
The tournament was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning that three-time champion Michael Muehr (McLean, Va.) is still the titleholder.
In 2019, the 47-year-old Muehr knocked off a pair of U.S. Mid-Amateur champions on Sunday to win his third Crump Cup title, to go along with wins in 2008 and 2014.
Muehr held off Matt Parziale
in a 19-hole semifinal match before defeating Scott Harvey
in the final, 4&3.
Related: Michael Muehr wins his third Crump Cup title
In the Senior Division, Gene Elliott
(W. Des Moines, Iowa) successfully defended his title with a 3&2 finals win over Arnie Cutrell
. Elliott, the #1 ranked player in the AmateurGolf.com Senior Ranking
and the reigning U.S. Senior champion, is one of only four players to win the open division and the senior division in the tournament's 95-year history.
Related: His at last: Gene Elliott wins U.S. Senior Amateur title
ABOUT THE Crump Cup
The George A. Crump Memorial Tournament --
hotelier and course architect most famous for
Pine Valley -- is arguably the premier mid-
event in the United States. The invitational field
made of of top players from around the United
and the UK. The format for the four days is two
of stroke play qualifying, followed by four
match play. Players are flighted according to
qualifying position, and a separate Senior flight
includes three of those flights. Jay Sigel has won
event the most times, with nine victories
1975 and 1993.
Normally, the public is invited to attend the Sunday
final matches but that tradition has been suspended
2021 in light of the uncertainty surrounding the
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